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Wednesday, 5 February, 2003, 14:39 GMT
'Delight' for man cleared of killings
Shotgun casings
Gun casings found in a bag could hold vital clues
Jonathan Jones, the man who was wrongfully convicted of the murders of Megan and Harry Tooze, has said he is "delighted" police may have found vital clues.

Mr Jones spent a year in prison for the 1993 killings before being released on appeal and he has campaigned ever since for efforts to find the real killer.

Jonathan Jones
Jonathan Jones: 'Hopes killer can now be found'

The Toozes had been killed with a shotgun in the cowshed at their Llanharry home and Mr Jones - who at the time was the boyfriend of the couple's daughter, Cheryl Tooze - was wrongly implicated.

Mr Jones said the murders and his ordeal "lived with him every day" and he spoke of his hope the killer could soon be found.

"It has been the focus of our lives for so long," he said in an interview with Radio Wales.

Ten years on from the murders, Mr Jones said he now was "very, very excited" by the police's discovery of a holdall containing shotgun casings and a barrel in a quarry close to the Mr and Mrs Tooze's home.

It would mean so very much to myself and Cheryl that this is concluded

Jonathan Jones

Mr Jones, who now lives in Caerphilly with Cheryl and their son, said police had kept him informed of a review of the case during the past two years.

The latest developments, said Mr Jones, had restored some of his faith in the system and raised hopes.

"We have confidence in the work of Detective Chief Inspector Trefor Evans and he says he has a high degree of confidence he will succeed.

"We are hoping this will lead to a positive conclusion," he added.

Jonathan Jones and his wife Cheryl as he walks free from court
Jonathan Jones with his wife Cheryl after his release

"I think the common view is that these items were discovered after the senior investigation officer stood at the gate of the farm and wondered how he would have disposed of the items. As a result of that, new searches were made."

Mr Jones said he had since been told by police the shotgun cartridges and the barrels are the right type to be ballistically linked to the murders.

"We need information from anyone who knows of the ownership of these items.

"The 10th anniversary is rapidly approaching this summer and it would mean so very much to myself and Cheryl that this is concluded with by then."

And Mr Jones urged the writer of an anonymous letter with new information to come forward.

"The fact that you have taken the trouble to write to the police indicates you want this information to come out."

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